Welcome to the Informatics and Clinical Reasoning LibGuide for students enrolled at St. Petersburg College.
The purpose of this LibGuide is to connect students with information and resources pertinent to Informatics and Clinical Reasoning. The tab at the top of the page called, "Informatics Course Topics" has eight specific topics related to informatics. Click on any one for more detailed information on that aspect of informatics. If you have any questions or wish to make a research consultation appointment, please contact an HEC librarian.
The 2008 American Nurses Association Nursing Informatics Scope and Standards defines nursing informatics as "The integration of nursing science, computer and information science, and cognitive science to manage communication and expand the data, information, knowledge, and wisdom of nursing practice."
In its simplest definition, Informatics is the use of information technology in healthcare. Its focus is not simply on computers but on information management. A nurse's ability to find, manage, and use information effectively will determine the quality of care his or her patient receives. Medical care is becoming increasingly dependent upon technology, not less and the professional nurse must be proficient in the use and management of technology in order to be effective in modern healthcare.